Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Brake Drums

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1984-85 Accord

CAUTION
Brake pads and shoes may contain asbestos, which has been determined to be a cancer causing agent. Never clean the brake surfaces with compressed air. Avoid inhaling any dust from brake surfaces. When cleaning brakes, use commercially available brake cleaning fluids.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Loosen the lug nuts.
  4.  
  5. Block the front wheels securely. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands. Remove the rear wheels. Make sure that the parking brake is off.
  6.  
  7. Remove the bearing cap, cotter pin and the castle nut.
  8.  
  9. Pull off the rear brake drum. If the drum is difficult to remove, use a brake drum puller or tap it a few times with a rubber mallet. Make certain to remove it squarely; if cocked to one side, it will jam.
  10.  

To install:
  1. Make certain the brake shoes are adjusted to allow the drum clearance during installation. Fit the drum into position.
  2.  
  3. Install the outer bearing, washer, and castle nut. Finger-tighten the nut.
  4.  
  5. Adjust the wheel bearing according to the procedure found in Suspension & Steering .
  6.  
  7. Install the wheel, then lower the vehicle to the ground. Check for proper brake operation.
  8.  

Except 1984-85 Accord

See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Loosen the lug nuts.
  4.  
  5. Block the front wheels securely. Raise and support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands. Remove the rear wheels. Make sure that the parking brake is off.
  6.  
  7. Pull off the rear brake drum. If the brake drum is difficult to remove, install two 8mm bolts into the threaded holes, then tighten them evenly and alternately to prevent cocking the drum. Make certain to remove it squarely; if cocked to one side, it will jam.
  8.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Pull off the rear drum to remove it



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Fig. Fig. 2: If the brake drum is difficult to remove, install two 8mm bolts into the threaded holes and tighten them evenly and alternately. This will draw the drum off the rear hub

To install:
  1. Make certain the brake shoes are adjusted to allow the drum clearance during installation. Fit the drum into position.
  2.  
  3. Install the wheel, then lower the vehicle to the ground. Check for proper brake operation.
  4.  

INSPECTION



Check the drum for cracks and the inner surface of the shoe for excessive wear and damage. The inner diameter (I.D.) of the drum should be no greater than 0.04 in. (1mm) beyond the new or standard specification. Additionally, the drum should be no more than 0.004 in. (0.10mm) out-of-round.

 
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